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Highlights of New Zealand

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Traditional Hangi ceremony and dinner
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Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Hot Water Beach stop
  • Geothermal area visit
  • Traditional Hangi ceremony and dinner
  • Overnight in Maori village
  • Franz Josef Glacier visit
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (Seasonal. May through September will have a day cruise)

Holiday Type

Wildlife & Nature
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Culture
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What's included
  • International flights
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Hotels (12 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), boat (1 nt, seasonal)
  • Train, private van/bus, walking, boat
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Need to know
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Itinerary

Day 1
Auckland

Auckland

Arrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner. There are no activities planned for today so check into your hotel and enjoy the city. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boat your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Jet Boat (Day 11 - Queenstown). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.

Day 2
Hahei

Hahei

Drive to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, famous for its white sand beaches. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi on in the sand on Hotwater Beach. Take a scenic walk to Cathedral Cove or opt to try sea kayaking.

Day 3
Tamaki Marae

Tamaki Marae

Visit a geothermal area to see the boiling mud pools. Opt to raft a waterfall before enjoying a cultural overnight featuring a traditional dinner and show, and a night staying in a Maori village. Here, the local accommodation can be multi-share.

Day 4
National Park

National Park

Start early and enjoy the walks of 'National Park'. Opt to walk on an active volcano in this alpine park. 

Day 5
Wellington

Wellington

Free morning before hopping on the train and taking the scenic journey to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city.

Day 6
Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Take the ferry to the South Island. Travel the Coastal Railway from Picton to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black sand beaches. Opt to swim with seals or go whale watching. Opt chow down on the national dish – fish and chips – on the beach for dinner tonight. Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. Today and Day 7 you will take a public bus during this time period.

Day 7
Christchurch

Christchurch

Travel the coast by train to the garden city of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand.

Days 8-9
Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Travel by bus across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthurs Pass. Stretch your legs with a mountain walk. In the evening, enjoy staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier. 

Days 10-11
Queenstown

Queenstown

Continue down to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, stopping for walks along the way. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, parapenting, hiking or mountain biking. Otherwise, take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak to take in the view. Enjoy the great night life this evening.

Day 12
Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife or venture out on the provided kayaks before an overnight on board (seasonal). In the winter, the overnight boat does not operate. We'll spend the day on a cruise around the fjords and then head back to nearby Te Anau for the night. This alternate itinerary will run May through September.

Day 13
Twizel

Twizel

Head up through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook.

Day 14
Christchurch

Christchurch

Spend the morning exploring this region surrounding Mt Cook taking in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmond Hillary. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together.

Day 15
Christchurch

Christchurch

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